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zpizza ~ Globally Inspired Pizzas

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Like many people out there I am a big fan of pizza. Over the years I have kind become a pizza snob. I’ve had my fair share of both good and bad pizza while growing up at the Jersey shore (although I have to admit that being from NJ does not make one a pizza expert). I have also found some really great pizza places here in Raleigh. While I typically stick to non-chain restaurants, one exception I regularly make to this rule is zpizza.  The reason why I frequent them is not only because their pizza tastes great, but they use really good quality ingredients in their pies and salads. The difference is in the fresh toppings, organic tomato sauce, GMO free wheat flour in their crust, and they even offer a gluten free crust options which makes my wife very happy.

Napoli Pizza

I recently had a chance to sample a few of their latest menu offerings now featuring new globally inspired ingredients and I continue to be impressed with the quality pizzas they offer. Now I am a bit of a bore when it comes to pizza. I typically stick to a basic cheese & pepperoni (zpizza’s pepperoni is MSG-free pepperoni with no added nitrites or preservatives). But on my most recent visit I tried something a little different. I ordered the Napoli pizza. This pie features tomatoes, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, basil, and roasted garlic sauce. I loved the combination of garlic and parmesan. It added a bit of a bite to the pizza and went well with fresh tomatoes and balanced well with the layer of mozzarella and crisp thin crust.

Below are a few of zpizza’s other popular pizza selections that I hope to try in the near future:

  • Greek – Features the rustic flavors of the Mediterranean with feta, Red onions, oregano and Greek olives
  • Thai Chicken – Pizza w/ an Asian twist that includes. Thai peanut sauce, Thai chicken, bean sprouts, carrots and cilantro
  • Mexican – Bueno con lime chicken, avocado and sour cream
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ZBQ Salad

zpizza also serves flat-bread sandwiches, pasta and salads. One of my favorite salads is their “ZBQ” salad with mixed greens, BBQ chicken, roasted red peppers, red onions, corn and chipotle dressing. I like a little protein with my greens and the zesty chicken goes really well with the mixed greens and chipotle. My wife enjoys the strawberry and fetta salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Both saldads are quite good and when paired with a large pizza could easily serve two people for a nice healthy dinner. I am sort of a creature of habit so the Napoli and ZBQ have become my go to choices at zpizza but there are many more pizza and salad options to choose from. You can view their full menu offerings on the Zpizza website.

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Pizza & Salad Giveaway
The great people at zpizza have provide coupons for a Free large pizza and salad for me to give away to one lucky TriangleExplorer reader. To enter the free giveaway simply leave a comment below. I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday September 16th. At this point there are only three zpizza locations that I know of in the Triangle Area. Two are in Raleigh and one is Cary. I’ve listed the locations below in case you would like to check them out.

Triangle Locations

zpizza Downtown Raleigh
421 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC

zpizza North Raleigh
9630 Falls of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC

zpizza Cary
96 Cornerstone Drive
Cary, NC

 

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Lilly’s Pizza to Open Downtown Durham Location

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Lilly's Pizza - Five Points in Raleigh

The folks at Downtown Durham Inc. are reporting that Lilly’s Pizza, one of the most beloved pizza joints in Raleigh, is planning to open a new location in Downtown Durham in 2012. Word is it will fill the location previously occupied by Pop’s (Next to Morgan Imports). This is great news for pizza fans in Durham as the Lilly’s Pizza in Raleigh’s Five Points area is one of the most popular pizza joints in the Triangle.  Not only are they a fan favorite for lovers of gourmet pizza toppings, they are also well known for being one of the few places in the area that offers a gluten free pizza.  Check back here in the coming months updates on progress and the grand opening date.

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Triangle Area Pizza: Super Bowl Sunday Options!

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I always enjoy eating a nice pizza while watching the Super Bowl. Despite online discussions on review sites like yelp debating the issue, there are actually some really terrific pizza offerings in the Triangle. So where do you plan to get your pie for the big game?

Some options I am considering are (in no particular order) are Klausie’s Pizza, Pie Pushers, Zpizza, and Bella Italia (all pictured below). I may need to flip a coin to decide! I’ve provided links to their websites below if you want to check out their menus and any specials they may be running Super Bowl Sunday. Feel free to post your recommendations for great pizza in the comments section below!

Klausie’s Pizza
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Klausie’s Pizza is a pizza truck out of Raleigh that is open for Super Bowl Pizza pickup this Sunday! They will be doing full bakes and take-and-bakes on Sunday from their truck located on 230 Newton Rd off Six Forks Road from 3-6:30pm. Call-in your orders to 919-880-1087. To view Klausie’s Pizza Menu and keep tabs on where they will be, check out their website: http://www.klausies.com/

Pie Pushers
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Pie Pushers is a pizza food truck out of Durham having a Super Bowl special offering pre-ordered Superbowl XLVI Packages. Pre-orders can be made anytime between now and Friday, February 3rd by 5pm. Then stop by MotorCo in Durham on Sunday afternoon, February 5th, to pickup your order before the kickoff of Superbowl XLVI!!

Each package is $27 and includes TWO large 16″ one-topping pizza pies AND one dozen of our spicy, dry-rubbed, baked wings! Choose your own toppings – and your side of ranch or bleu cheese. (Additional toppings are $2 per topping per pizza pie.)

Payment will be due by or before the time of pickup – at MotorCo Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave in Durham. Pickup is anytime between 4p – 6:30p. If you have any questions or need to make any changes, please contact Becky with Pie Pushers: ph# 919.901.0743 or via email piepushersNC@gmail.com.

Here are links to the pre-order form as a PDF OR as a Word document. Just print, fill in, and return it to the truck in person or email it back to us before Friday night, February 3rd! For more info visit their website: http://piepushers.com/superbowl/

Bella Italia
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Bella Italia is located in North Raleigh near the intersection of Falls River Avenue and Durant Road. It is a nice little local Italian Restaurant and they make a good pie that reminds me of the pizzas I use to get at local pizzareia joints up in New Jersey. For more info and to view their menue online visit their website: http://bellaitaliaraleigh.com/

Zpizza
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Zpizza is the one chain I would recommend in the area. The reason I favor this chain is that they use organic ingredients in their pies and even have gluten free and vegan options. Their are three Zpizza location in the area. One is on Falls of Neuse in the Falls Pointe Shopping Plaza noth of I-540, the second is located in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza, the third one is located in Stone Creek Village in Cary. For more info and menu options visit their website: http://www.zpizza.com

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